Recently, the Wisconsin Badgers football team punched its ticket to the Rose Bowl, and event which should have bee cause for celebration. An hour after the announcement was made official in ESPN, the University of Wisconsin released a select amount of student tickets for the game in Pasadena. I was unaware of this fact, but many students knew about the cheap tickets and tried frantically to secure two tickets to the game. After it was all said and done, a lot of unhappy badger fans walked away without a ticket to the game. What happened next really made me mad.
Our student newspaper, The Badger Herald, wrote an article listing the names of students who had listed their tickets for sale on Facebook with huge markups within the first 24 hours of purchasing them. Here’s a link to the article, http://badgerherald.com/oped/2010/12/05/the_worst_people_on_.php which tells fellow students to harass these people, the ‘worst people on campus’. Get off your high horse. Someone is a little bitter they couldn’t get tickets, but they have no right to condemn their fellow students. They went through the same process as everyone else, and but their tickets fair and square. What they do with them afterwards shouldn’t be the Badger Heralds’ business.
Here’s a few reasons why I was so ticked off,
1). WE’RE IN COLLEGE! Name me one student who couldn’t use a few hundred bucks during this time of their life. If you can make a quick hundred bucks that will pay next month’s rent, can anyone really blame you. Apparently everyone in the Badger Herald has their college paid for.
2). If you’re going to the Rose Bowl, you’re already lucky, quit bitching. The Herald said these people were ruining a ‘once in a lifetime event’. Now I’m not sure about you, but this will mark the third time in my life that the Badgers will play for the Rose Bowl. Don’t use cliches to pull at people’s emotions when your statements aren’t true. If that extra $200 is really the difference between someone attending the Rose Bowl, tough luck, but the majority of the students heading out to California in the middle of a cold Wisconsin winter are doing so on mommy and daddy’s dime. Flight and hotel have already been put on their credit cards, I feel so bad that you couldn’t do the whole trip for $150. I don’t feel sorry for anyone going to the game without a cheap ticket in hand.
3) If you don’t want to pay $400, then don’t. If everyone boycotted paying the high markup on tickets, prices would go down. But people are willing to pay $400 to go and watch the Badgers, which is the exact reason everyone tried to get tickets, because they knew they could sell them and make some cash.
4) How is this any different than any other Badger football game? I sold my Ohio State ticket for $150, then bought one for $100. Am I a terrible person? By the Badger Herald’s standards, I should be condemned by my peers. This whole situation boils down to one disgruntled writer, and an editor who let a stupid story fly.
I used to write for the Herald and I am glad to say I’m not associated with the publication now that this story came out. How does someone let this get printed. It wouldn’t surprise me if they soon found a lawsuit on their hands, because you can’t print names of people and tell others to harass them.